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The Way of Heaven and Earth
The Way of Heaven and Earth

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Challenge: The Four Elements II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Home
Date: May 27, 2007
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 180
Galleries: Abstract, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2007

A lot of time taken on placing soil and stones (oh yes and bleaching the stones to make em nice and white!)....from there a small crop and minor levels, border added and sharpened

Place: 98 out of 394
Avg (all users): 5.9568
Avg (commenters): 6.9000
Avg (participants): 5.9151
Avg (non-participants): 6.0357
Views since voting: 1402
Views during voting: 260
Votes: 162
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/05/2007 08:14:13 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

An interesting and fairly well executed view of the challenge. I especially like the imperfections: the stones that don't make a smooth arc, the not-perfectly-round containers, the slightly yellow color cast, the fact that it is upside-down. They are a great reminder that The Way is not as smooth and easy in practice as it is in theory. This is a universal fact that is true regardless of one's personal or cultural definition of the "Way".

I do wish some of the technical aspects were done better. The focus could have been better, and more depth of field would have been nice. The lighting is appropriate for the subject (harsher lighting would have enhanced the textures and made a more attractive photo, but the shadows would have put too much yin in the yang). But the photo is slightly overexposed, washing out many of the white stones; I find this mildly distracting. Granted, the high contrast of the subject makes this difficult, and perhaps even impossible to achieve without spot editing.
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06/04/2007 05:55:06 PM
Natasha! This is so creative and striking! This is way wayyyyyyyyy underrated! You are so talented!
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06/04/2007 02:05:16 AM
5.9568 is a great score ... excellent tashy ... i reckon you're just warming up !!:):)xx
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2007 12:19:02 PM
Nice sculpture, good lighting.
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06/02/2007 01:04:38 PM
Nice idea..
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06/02/2007 10:42:21 AM
Interesting idea, nicely carried off. Would a contrasting element, like water, have worked in place of the rocks? Just a thought. 6
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06/01/2007 01:49:08 PM
very nice
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05/31/2007 04:38:16 PM
thoughtful and creative
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05/30/2007 09:22:51 PM
Water and earth would be a better concept, IMO but that aside I like your end result.
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05/30/2007 02:30:13 PM
Interseting idea.
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05/29/2007 07:13:02 AM
I like the concept. Well done. I was tired of looking at waterfalls.
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05/29/2007 06:38:13 AM
05/28/2007 05:48:43 PM
What a creative idea
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05/28/2007 08:22:54 AM
i know this is going to sound really picky but i hate the way the two containers in the middle are not perfectly round in shape.
That aside, it's a great idea and i think it works well
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05/28/2007 07:31:21 AM
Nice work and well thought out. I am impressed with the imagination and thought that has gone into composing some originals in this challenge, and this one is great. 9
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05/28/2007 01:01:00 AM
very nice ! I wish my rocks were that white in my yard.
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